progress is not the elimination of struggle, but rather a change in its terms’ - Aneurin Bevan

who cares?

Out of the chaos of WW2, the National Health Service was established in 1948 to ensure that everyone in the UK had access to healthcare. It was recognised that by improving the health of the people, prosperity would also be increased.

Out of the deep global recession of recent years, a National Care Service could be established to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to social and home care. This would be in recognition of the unfairness of the current care lottery, a growing source of pain for families as the UK's aging population means that more people require care.

Like the NHS, a National Care Service will be free at the point of use. No one can know how much their future care costs might be - you could be fortunate enough not to require assistance in later years, or maybe you would require costly residential care. An NCS would give people the security of knowing they will recieve the care they need, not merely the care they can afford.

And like the NHS, a National Care Service will require everyone to contribute and will take a few years to become a reality. If Labour is re-elected, a National Care Service Commission will be established to determine the fairest means of funding the NCS.

The Tories have decided to oppose cross-party talks and to effectively campaign against an NCS - they propose voluntary funding for care services, which has proved insufficient where it's been tried in other countries. This shows that for all his talk of wanting a "Big Society", Cameron and his party lack the compassion to help establish an institution that will guarantee the right to care for the many, not just the few.

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